Johnson Hall of Science: LEED Gold at St. Lawrence University

This 122,000-square-foot project will house the university’s biology and chemistry departments and feature a variety of energy-saving strategies.

Cambridge, Massachusetts-based design firm KlingStubbins, in cooperation with Croxton Collaborative Architects, has achieved a LEED Gold rating from USGBC for the Johnson Hall of Science at St. Lawrence University; the project is the sixth for which KlingStubbins has earned LEED certification during 2008. The 122,000-square-foot building will house the biology and chemistry departments and is St. Lawrence’s first phase of a project which will also call for the construction of an additional 120,000 square feet. The school’s four existing science buildings will be renovated over the next three phases to create additional academic space for physics, math, geology, and computer science.

Johnson Hall scored 41 LEED points for a high-insulation building envelope roof, “daylight dimming” lighting, HVAC occupancy sensors, heat recovery on ventilation exhaust, and high-performance glazing. The building is oriented on a north/south axis and separated into two interconnected wings in order to provide maximum daylight to interior program spaces. Each room receives indirect sunlight during 50 percent of the day with light during the remainder of the day from a daylight collection system. The school anticipates that the building will use 30 percent less energy than a conventional laboratory.

Back in 2005, Croxton Collaborative received a special leadership award from USGBC for its green building efforts. KlingStubbins is no stranger to academic and healthcare facilities; the firm’s six LEED projects this year include Boston University’s BioSquare Research III building (Core and Shell Pilot Certified) and Emerson College’s Piano Row Residence Hall (Certified).

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